Month: November 2017

When ’empires’ clash, the First Amendment rules. And a Fox TV show comes out on top in a trademark name tiff

Empire — say the word aloud and it conjures multiple pop-culture references, many from the movies. Just think Star Wars Episode IV: The Empire Strikes Back, Atlantis the Lost Empire, and Empire Records. Empire also is the name of a Fox prime-time television hit. And its creators also now are part of an empire that has struck back. That’s because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s finding that the racy TV drama did not infringe on trademarks owned by Empire Distribution Inc. That’s a San Francisco-based record label, which has worked with urban artists like Kendrick...

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‘Oh, really?:’ TV’s ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ creates fictional mayhem with the law, legal education. But it also speaks hard truths about justice

 In our ‘Oh, Really?’  feature, the Biederman Blog’s editors — voracious consumers of all matters pop culture — cast a curious, skeptical, fanciful, fun, and smart end-of-the-week eye on popular productions, sharing their keen observations about legal matters these raise. How To Get Away With Murder, the prime-time ratings smash by executive producer Shondra Rhimes, has hit its fourth huge season — all while giving many lawyers plenty of reasons, little and big, to scratch their heads in wonder. Fair warning this post contains spoilers for the current season, so proceed at your own risk! The possible reward? Maybe a little insight...

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Lookin’ for some lovin’ for infringement claim? Internet articles won’t do, as rock legend Steve Winwood’s case proves

This guest post was contributed by Natalie M. Reynoso, a second-year Southwestern Law School student who is now taking the Entertainment Law and the Emerging Web course. The internet may be one of the major forces reshaping the 21st century. But, of course, not everything on it can be believed, much less accepted in a court of law. The rules of hearsay evidence played their own key role in a federal judge tossing a recent copyright infringement claim — filed a half century after the fact — over Gimme Some Lovin, a rock classic by music icon Steve Winwood...

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New Hollywood theater brings out the dead. Now what legal specters might haunt post-mortem, holographic performances?

Sadly, they’re long gone — but, no wait, they’re back! Some pop musical legends have taken to the stage anew, post-mortem. And this will happen even more frequently than ever. That’s because a controversial, tech-oriented billionaire has sunk part of his fortune into opening what’s described as the planet’s first Hologram Theater  in Hollywood. Can’t quite bring into focus why this might be a hot entertainment, costing $20 to $40 or so per ticket? Think back on the appearance — or shall we say, re-appearance — of Tupac Shakur at Coachella in 2012 or of Michael Jackson at the 2014...

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